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Blade Runner Audiobook

Blade Runner: Based on the novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick

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Publisher's Summary

Here is the classic sci-fi novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, set nearly thirty years before the events of the new Warner Bros. film Blade Runner 2049, starring Harrison Ford, Ryan Gosling, and Robin Wright.

By 2021, the World War has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. Those who remain covet any living creature, and for people who can’t afford one, companies build incredibly realistic simulacra: horses, birds, cats, sheep. They’ve even built humans. Immigrants to Mars receive androids so sophisticated they are indistinguishable from true men or women. Fearful of the havoc these artificial humans can wreak, the government bans them from Earth. Driven into hiding, unauthorized androids live among human beings, undetected. Rick Deckard, an officially sanctioned bounty hunter, is commissioned to find rogue androids and “retire” them. But when cornered, androids fight back—with lethal force.

Praise for Philip K. Dick

“[Dick] sees all the sparkling—and terrifying—possibilities . . . that other authors shy away from.” - Rolling Stone

“A kind of pulp-fiction Kafka, a prophet.”- The New York Times

©1968 Philip K. Dick; (P)2007 Random House, Inc. Random House Audio, a division of Random House, Inc.

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    Michelle 10-23-17
    Michelle 10-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    I don't like that this thing is titled Blade Runner instead of the original title because it is nothing like the movie. It's a fun listen though. I highly reccomend.

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    JBoles 10-21-17
    JBoles 10-21-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Otherworldly, but Heavy on Sisyphus"

    The Lesh character was. great, humorous and sad as were most of the synthetic creatures. Best part of the book, the soundness of their world and POV. But the Mercer-Sisyphus-Christ theme was a little overwrought. The human-android interplay was enough to show how disturbed and unloving the future may be.

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    Timothy Henderson Pierre, SD 10-19-17
    Timothy Henderson Pierre, SD 10-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Not real impressed "

    Not real impresses with the story or performance. The story seems to ramble for most of it and the performance was very mono toned.

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    Vincent Freeman 10-18-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Mostly, I prefer the book except for the ending."

    I'm a big fan of the movie since I saw it on VHS when it became available. I love it even more now I understand some of the odd scenes in the movie but the ending in the movie captivated me more.

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    Victoria G. 10-17-17
    Victoria G. 10-17-17
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    "Disappointing"

    I decided to read this book (or listen to the audiobook) before watching the original Blade Runner film (2007 Final Cut actually). Although I can see how some concepts in this book were transcendental in its time (1968), the writing quality I find to be rather mediocre. The writer's language and narration style feels superficial. The character development is so poor, I feel zero empathy or connection with any of the characters. I'm hoping the film will be a lot more enjoyable than this book.

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    Colin Fitzgerrel 10-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Scott Brick is the best"

    the book is good, fairly cerebral. but Scott Brick could read me a Highlights magazine and I'd be captivated and on the edge of my seat.

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    Brad 10-11-17
    Brad 10-11-17
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    "Wow! Added depth."

    This added so much more depth to one of my favorite movies. I can see why the movie made the changes it did, but Mercerism reveals the driving force behind all the characters.

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    Lucas 10-10-17
    Lucas 10-10-17
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    "Not what I expected"

    Maybe it’s just me, but it’s not what I expected. The story progression is too brisk and fast with many things unexplained like how you expect in a Sci-fi novel. Finished the book feeling a bit confused and expecting a sequel. Unsure if the current official sequels are related as they are by a different author. The only thing I really enjoyed are the discussions embedded in the story about life, but those are short and few too.

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    James 10-02-17
    James 10-02-17
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    "Wonderful book, expertly performed by Brick."

    "Dusted" this off to listen once again prior to the movie sequel release. Every time I come back to this book, I love it more and more. As for Scott Brick, I don't know what to say that hasn't been said. His performances are absolutely top notch. My favorite audiobook reader by far. Thanks Scott!

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    Jeff T. 09-29-17
    Jeff T. 09-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "good book "

    good book that was so much different then the movie. wish there were more based off of this story line.

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  • Mr. G. J. Walker
    Leicester, UK
    11/10/09
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    "Why the title?"

    Surely, as this is a telling of 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' should it not be called the same? Having been a fan of the film for many years I had never got around to reading the book. It is so completely different it was almost a different story. So why call it 'Blade Runner'?

    Well read; excellent story; so random and confusing in places it made my head sore. A must for any sci fi fans who likes off-the-world worlds.

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • R. Hunter
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    10/5/13
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    "More than just a story about killing androids"

    Really enjoyed the book. It is vastly different from the film and I think calling the audiobook "Blade Runner" is a bit disingenuous. The hunt for the androids is almost a sub plot and the book concentrates more on creating a very terrifying and believable futuristic world and the desperate people still stick on earth after a devastating war. In the book, Deckard muses on his desire to own a real animal instead of a robotic imitation and how publicity admitting you have a robot is a social faux pas. A haunting book that is well read and, in my opinion, better than the film.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    8/22/09
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    "Great book, slow Reader"

    Big fan of Philip K Dick & this is a classic.

    The only criticism for me is the readers slow rather soporific delivery that rather downplays the faster moving pace & excitement of the story.
    Doesn't really help when you speed up on your listening device either, then it sounds unnatural.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Viv
    1/17/15
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    "Back to Basics"

    As a lover of the film I was intrigued to get closer to the source of the story. I found this recording very well presented and added considerably to my understanding of the context of the film. As with the film it is a sombre, somewhat depressing and often difficult to understand. If you are into this genre - well worth a listen.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • kerrymay
    Rowlands Castle
    2/4/12
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    "Droning voice matched droning narrative"

    I felt that the reading matched the style of the voice perfectly i.e. world-weary narrator, inescapable doom.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Ireland
    1/21/17
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    "Completely Different From The Film"
    What made the experience of listening to Blade Runner the most enjoyable?

    The story. I was very surprised at how different the book is to the film.


    What other book might you compare Blade Runner to, and why?

    It stands alone.


    What does Scott Brick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Scott Brick offers excellent characterisation of the protagonists and helped build tension and suspense.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. Brian Jenkinson
    Wickford, Essex, UK
    9/18/16
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    "life and death"

    great book showing just how films embellish a book. far deeper look into the thinking of the life and death scenario, and whether there is a God.

    listen to it and decided for yourself

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anonymous Coward
    Ashington, United Kingdom
    7/17/14
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    "Now I'm REALLY depressed - still rated 5 stars"
    If you could sum up Blade Runner in three words, what would they be?

    Deep, Depressing, Hopeless


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Blade Runner?

    The realisation that the film is almost nothing like the book at all - the names of the characters are the same but that's about it.


    What about Scott Brick’s performance did you like?

    The story is told very laconically, like an old black and white noir detective film (Hey Doll), absolutely perfect - but it does make it quite slow paced at times.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Prepare yourself


    Any additional comments?

    I have never quite managed to get round to reading this book, but have read a lot of Philip K. Dick in my time - I think, mainly because I liked the film so much and didn't want that destroyed. I will now have to re-watch the film to check, but I think this is one of those rare cases where the film might be better than the book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alasdair
    LondonUnited Kingdom
    6/19/08
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    "Great concept, Poor execution"

    I'd never seen the movie, but knew all about its cult status and decided to give the book a try.

    The narration was good, the story was a great idea, but it just didn't work very well. It was very slow in places and what should have been the high point of the story was rushed over and anti-climactic.

    I'm not saying I didn't enjoy it and I'm sure die-hards will like it, but to me it doesn't compare to the last book I listened to (Orson Scott Card - Ender's Game)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Alice Turner
    10/23/17
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    "really really good"

    I came here looking to finally listen to the book after many years of watching the film. I must say this is 100% better than the film, the questions brought up here feel real n lasting

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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